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World focus on Burma (29 September 2008)

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Blood Diamonds: The Gem’s Curse
Voice of America –

Human rights activists are working to tighten sanctions against Burmese rubies. But, like with diamonds, the potential profits are large and many are …

Myanmar pledges reform, free and fair general elections in 2010
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
New York – Myanmar put on a good face on Monday before the UN General Assembly, promising far-reaching democratic reforms and use of its rich natural …

EDITORIAL: New Hopes for Democracy in Burma?
istockAnalyst.com (press release), OR –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Myanmar Urges End to “Unfair and Immoral” Sanctions
ABC News –
Human rights groups say as many as 700 people remain behind bars, although the junta says all but a few dozen have been released.

Myanmar urges end to “unfair and immoral” sanctions
Reuters –

On Saturday, a UN group on Myanmar vowed to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Myanmar Urges End to ´Unfair And Immoral´ Sanction
Javno.hr, Croatia –

The UN Security Council has urged Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar could be the rice …

Ryan Giggs: Wallpaper

The Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated by the Salford City Unison for her relentless fight for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Comics Panel: September 29, 2008
A.V. Club –
… in The Burma Chronicles (D&Q). Delisle accompanied his wife—a Doctors Without Borders administrator—on her 14-month posting in The Union Of Myanmar, …

Vancouver Radar: Mission of Burma, Still On a Mission
Martiniboys.com, Canada –

By Richard Trapunski in Attractions Burma (aka Myanmar) has had a rough run as of late; it needs a little mad guitar-heavy post-punk (though, …

NLD youth members pay respects to U Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Thirty National League for Democracy members from Lower Burma went to pay their respects to newly-released political prisoners U Win Tin and Kyauktan …

Junta releases three NLD youth members
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta blames student activists and dissident groups based along the Thai-Burmese border for the act. But on the day following the blast an armed student …

Five simple questions about a not so simple election
National Union of Public and General Employees, Canada –
… regard to objective is all we value, then Joseph Stalin would qualify as a strong leader, as would the leaders of the brutal military regime in Burma. …

EU-India Joint Press Communique
Press Information Bureau (press release), India –
They discussed the situation in Burma/Myanmar, agreed on the need to strengthen efforts towards national reconciliation and reaffirmed the need for an …

Ban Ki-moon seen struggling in UN role
United Press International –

… Britain, Singapore and other countries are also displeased by Ban’s refusal to travel to Myanmar, the former Burma, and meet military ruler Gen. …

Three NLD members released after anniversary arrests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three of the nine people arrested at the National League for Democracy’s 20th anniversary ceremony on Saturday have now been released, …

‘Group of Friends’ fails to resolve internal differences
Mizzima.com, India –
… in Myanmar to seize the opportunity of the UN good offices,” in the words of Ban Ki-moon, “while stressing the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] …

Three more political prisoners released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three more political prisoners have been released by the Burmese military regime, bringing the total number of political detainees freed …

Junta Amends Historical Commission Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government has amended the Myanmar [Burmese] Historical Commission Law, transferring authority for historical research from the …

Package Tour Available to Irrawaddy Delta in October
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Tourist companies in Burma say they are starting ad campaigns to draw more tourists to as the peak tourist season runs from October to February. …

Opposition Must Cooperate: Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese residents in Japan hold a giant flag as they stage a rally on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of detained Aung San Suu Kyi’s …

Activist Han Lin dies in New York
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–U Han Lin, who led the “long march to freedom and democracy” campaign in 2005 to highlight the plight of Burma, died from lung cancer on …

State Violence in Thailand and Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Members of the panel agreed that Thai military leaders are more business-minded than their counterparts in Burma. According to Jagan, the Burmese regime …

Asian (con)Fusion: In and out of jail in Burma
Independent, UK –
… adviser to the imprisoned democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was rearrested just one day after being released. The Washington-based US Camaign for Burma …

China’s Grip on Burma ‘Cause for Concern’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“CNPC has signed a MoU with MOGE [Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise] for a detailed assessment of the potential construction of a crude oil terminal off the …

Burma: Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma to …
UNPO, Netherlands –
The anniversary coincided with UN talks, which Mr Ban’s spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar (Burma) Government …

Library exhibit focuses on Myanmar
Ithaca Journal, NY –
The Cornell Southeast Asia Program and the library present, “Burma/Myanmar: Creativity, Diversity, and Everyday Life and Karen Textiles from Burma and the …

Myanmar: Aid still needed
Global Voices Online, MA –
… into the Tatmadaw, Burma’s armed forces. New Mandala interviewed an aid worker who provided us with a believable and concrete situation inside Myanmar. …

Increased Chinese Involvement Raises Concerns Over Potential Social and Environmental Impacts
Earthrights.org, DC –
The report, China in Burma (Myanmar): The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, ..

MYANMAR: THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT ARRESTED THREE NLD SUPPORTERS
Culturalnews.it, Italy –

While the junta holds absolute power in Burma, the international community still supports Suu Kyi as the most credible leader of the country. …

Indo-French civil N-pact may be inked during PM visit
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

Low-Profile UN Chief Struggles as Diplomatic Peacemaker
Washington Post, United States –

… Burma’s generals to democratize the country and to secure the release of nearly 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nigeria Is A False Democracy– Human Rights Watch
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
Nigeria’s democratic credentials were questioned once again yesterday by Human Rights Watch, which noted that autocrats posing as democrats are underming …

Pyongyang is true to form
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
So are reports Pyongyang may be helping Burma with its secretive nuclear ambitions. More diplomatic effort must be put into convincing its leaders to act in …

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World focus on Burma (12 September 2008)

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Army officer accused of attempted rape of doctor
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
A case involving a 15-year-old Kachin girl, who was gang raped and murdered by Burmese army troops in July, caused widespread outrage. …

Two killed nine injured in explosion in Burma’s Pegu division
Mizzima.com, India –
Though armed rebel groups, fighting the ruling junta, are reported to be present in Kyaugyi town, such blasts are considered rare. Earlier on July 14, …

Child soldiers and the China factor
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Jo Becker Myin Win was 11 years old when he was first recruited into Burma’s national army. He was picked up by soldiers while selling vegetables at a …

Magwe Division activists sentenced to long prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Four ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) members from Yenanchaung, Chauk and Magwe of Magwe Division and seven people from Pakokku arrested …

GOP platform offers more gravitas on E. Asia policy
World Tribune –
Both parties importantly welcome the importance of America’s deepening ties to democratic India, both fear for human rights suppressions in Burma, …

Philippine Military Accused MILF Of Using Child Soldiers In Mindanao
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“The MILF continues to recruit and train young men to fight the government and international human rights groups should investigate these disturbing reports …

Lucian Pye, 86, political scientist who studied Asia, dies
International Herald Tribune, France –
His next project was Burma, now Myanmar, where he concluded that psychology was more important than economics in explaining development. …

Burma’s junta has relaxed some restrictions placed on the country’s democratically elected opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said today. …

By Staff GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville Rotary Club was recently notified that one of its sponsored ShelterBoxes had safely arrived in Myanmar, Burma to aid …

UN shares opposition’s frustration over pace of reforms
Mizzima.com, India –
Nearly three weeks after leaving Burma, United Nations Special Envoy to Burma – Ibrahim Gambari – met with reporters at the UN’s headquarters in New York, …

UN chief Ban Ki-moon frustrated by Myanmar junta
Times and Transcript, Canada –
UNITED NATIONS – The UN Secretary General says he is frustrated at the failure of Myanmar’s military government to open its political process. …

Prominent Myanmar activist arrested after year on run
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
Yangon: Myanmar’s junta has arrested a prominent democracy activist who abandoned her four-month-old baby and went into hiding a year ago at the start of …

Two die in twin Burma blasts: police
The Age, Australia –
Two people were killed and another 10 wounded by two bomb blasts at a Burmese video cafe northeast of the main city Rangoon, near a region hit by an ethnic …

Rising Irrawaddy floods five villages in Sagaing Division
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Flood waters from the Irrawaddy River has entered and inundated five villages in Sagaing Division in central Burma. …

Lawyer U Kyi Win ‘positive’ after Daw Suu visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 12, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said his latest meeting yesterday with the detained National League for Democracy leader …

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to …

MYANMAR: Forewarned, not forearmed
IRINnews.org, NY –

BOGALE, 12 September 2008 (IRIN) – The Myanmar government says most residents were warned about approaching cyclone Nargis, but many failed to take …

CAMPUS BRIEFS
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
From 2000 to 2003 she worked as a research director with Doctors without Borders in Paris before spending three years in Myanmar (Burma) with the …

Meat Processor Turns to Refugees in Chicago
Chicago Public Radio, IL –
These former farmers speak Karen, a language of southeastern Myanmar, the Asian country formerly known as Burma. They spent 11 years in a refugee camp in …

Mere rhetoric? You decide!
Malaysia Kini, Malaysia –
Freedom of rational speech is also a key component of democracy, and contrary to what you think or claim, democracy is a Western ideal – it was born out of …

Narcotics and terrorism
Merinews, India –
This is besides, the Golden Triangle (Laos, Burma, Thailand), and the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) which is notorious for drug …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to get family letters, news mags
Reuters –
In all, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years. Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be called, has been under military rule since 1962.

Peter Gabriel Named Ambassador of Conscience
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… REM where fans will engage in Amnesty International’s campaign to release Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Myanmar. …

Burmese Dissident Arrested After Year in Hiding
New York Sun, United States –
… Nations the Security Council gathered to discuss the UN envoy to Burma’s recent failure to meet with the country’s leading dissident, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burmese Exiles Say Authorities Arrest Activist in Rangoon
Voice of America –
It has kept pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.

OBI Humanitarian Aid in Flood-Ravaged Haiti
NewsBlaze, CA –
Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, …

We think that the Security Council has not been listened to by the authorities of Burma/ Myanmar and we think that they have to abide by their commitments. …

UN chief urges Myanmar junta to include opponents
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won a general election but was not allowed to …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For instance, a number of commentators called the May 2008 cyclone in Myanmar/Burma a test case for R2P, questioning the utility of the concept if it could …

Secretary-General calls for tangible political progress in Myanmar
UN News Centre –
11 September 2008 – Myanmar has not experienced the political progress as anticipated and its Government should take real measures towards setting up a more …

UN chief urges Myanmar junta to include opponents
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won a general election but was not allowed to …

UN envoy in dark after snub by Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
Reuters –
After briefing the UN Security Council on his sixth visit to push for reform in the former Burma, Gambari was asked why Suu Kyi had declined to see him. …

“We need to understand the frustration that she, and her supporters, her party and indeed the people of Burma (Myanmar) are feeling at the lack of progress. …

OUTSIDE THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
… a time-bound political negotiations leading to democratization and the release of all political prisoners including Madame Aung San Suu Kyi and that the …

US, Britain demand more pressure on Myanmar for democratic progress
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
New York – The United States and Britain on Thursday called for more pressure on Myanmar to end its defiance of demands for democratic progress and the …

Lawyer says Suu Kyi in good health
AFP –
Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 election but the junta never allowed it to take office. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962.

Gems display robust growth
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… the Commerce Ministry) have consistently explained to exhibitors Thailand’s political situation and the venue is far from the protest areas,” he said.


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A blogger takes office in Malaysia
Christian Science Monitor –
Five years of blogging has brought Jeff Ooi a measure of notoriety. His biting posts on Malaysian politics sparked police investigations.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 29, 2008 at 1:55 am

World focus on Burma (18 August 2008)

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New Talks In Myanmar

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

Mark Farmaner is the Director of the Burma Campaign in the UK. He says that hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations are low.

Gambari’s visit has created no political breakthrough: Burmese …

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League fro Democracy – on Monday said it welcomed another round of visit by the United Nations …

Aung San Suu Kyi in another rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday was allowed another meeting with her lawyer, Kyi Win, …

Burmese MPs in exile call for ASEAN support

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… for the Philippine and other ASEAN governments to censure SPDC for its human rights violations and suppression of democratic forces in Burma,” he said. …

Support athletes, but not China

Ukiah Daily Journal, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

Six killed in a landslide in Upper Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

“The heavy and incessant rainfall in Mogoke has been on for about three months now and started even before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma. …

A Cambodian woman swims with her cattle to higher ground. Photo: Reuters

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta, still recovering from a cyclone that …

Five Taunggok activists jailed for 8 August march

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… including members of the 88 Generation Students group, the All Burma Federation Of Student Unions and the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network, …

Daw Suu receives visits from lawyer and doctor

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… League for Democracy leader is intended to create a positive impression for United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who arrives in Burma today.

Gambari Arrives in Burma

United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari speaks during an interview on February at the United Nations information center in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

UN envoy visits Myanmar Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

UN Envoy Begins Burma Visit Voice of America –

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Six Die and Thousands Flee Torrential Rain in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last Saturday, the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that the floods hit areas of Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta, where Cyclone Nargis left a …

Nobel Peace Laureates Offer a Message of Hope on America’s Most …

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The ten core issues that the Nobel Peace Laureates have designated for projects include: — Ending racism and hate — Social justice and human rights for …

Myanmar Gem Sellers Disregard US Ban

Israel Diamond Portal, Israel –

Myanmar, (formerly Burma), produces almost 90% of the world’s rubies and is a leading international supplier of other gems and jade. …

China’s iron Olympic grip starts to

Times Online, UK –

They rejected criticism of their policies on Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe, brushing aside foreign demonstrators complaining about Tibet. …

Bridging the gap: Myanmar refugees and members of Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church enjoy a game Sunday. The children threw themselves into the games, but language gaps slowed interaction between adults.

… Nationalities Christian Fellowship, a congregation of immigrants, most of them refugees, from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country once known as Burma. …

A Burmese woman deals her Jade stones with a shopkeeper at the Jade market June 15, 2003 in Mandalay, Myanmar. The country generates a considerable income from the mining of precious stones mostly from the northern part of Myanmar. Its a government run mo (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Although both European countries and the United States have placed severe restrictions on the import of gems from Burma (also called Myanmar), …

AtHoc IWSAlerts Achieves “Positive Military Utility” Rating by US …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… joint military forces also used AtHoc IWSAlerts in preparation for relief efforts when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, Burma in May. …

Suu Kyi meets lawyer on eve of UN envoy visit: spokesman

AFP –

A protester carries a photo of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON (AFP) — Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed a rare meeting with her lawyer on the eve of a UN envoy’s visit to push Myanmar’s …

UN envoy begins Myanmar reconciliation mission

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Myanmar’s capital Monday on a five-day mission to promote national reconciliation and …

UN envoy in Myanmar amid waning hopes for reform

International Herald Tribune, France –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. “Frankly, we don’t expect …

Severe Flooding Hits Burma and Neighboring Countries

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP BANGKOK — Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Burma still reeling from Cyclone Nargis, a state-run newspaper said …

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory.

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory. (Reuters)

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta. The delta region is still recovering …

UN special envoy arrives in Myanmar

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The visit is Gambari’s fourth since last year to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he has been handed a mandate by the UN to deal with the country’s …

UN special envoy visits Myanmar for reconciliation efforts

Xinhua, China –

18 (Xinhua) — United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived here Monday on a re-visit to Myanmar to goon with UN’s efforts for the country’s …

Letter from Rangoon

New Yorker, United States –

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

… “Aung San Suu Kyi is the new leader of our country. American troops will come liberate us.” But Suu Kyi—the daughter of the general who led Burma to …

Australia helps refugees rebuild their lives

TamilSydney.com, Australia –

‘There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,’ …

Junta allows Suu Kyi to meet with lawyer again

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

YANGON, Aug 18 (Kyodo) – Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed Sunday to meet with her lawyer for the second time in 10 days, …

Begging won’t save Burma

Boston Globe, United States –

Nowhere has that failure been more flagrant than in Burma, where a vicious military junta continues to deceive and defy the world body. …

China undeserving

Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY –

The military junta in Burma is still in power, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China´s support. …

Burma opposition lauds UN visit

BBC News, UK –

Aung San Suu Kyi and Ibrahim Gambari (March 2008)

Mr Gambari met Aung San Suu Kyi in March but not key military leaders

By Brenda Marshall Burma’s National League for Democracy has said it hopes a visit by the UN’s special envoy will revive talks between its detained leader …

Moral lessons

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… cited as models of moral courage peace advocate Mahatma Gandhi, human rights leader Martin Luther King, and Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks – © AP

Gambari last visited Myanmar in March, a trip he described as a disappointment. Although he was allowed to meet Suu Kyi he had no access to senior junta …

Hopes for talks on Burma democracy

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

BURMA’S main opposition party said yesterday that it hopes a visit today by a United Nations special envoy will help restart talks between the pro-democracy …

Myanmar activists sentenced to prison for protest commemoration march

JURIST –

[JURIST] Officials of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) said Sunday that the government has sentenced five of its members to …

NLD hopes Gambari’s visit will revive talks with junta

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visit this week by a UN special envoy will help restart stalled talks between …

The new gold standard

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… missing the opening rites in Beijing as a protest against the Chinese government’s continuing support of the military junta in Burma or Sudan. ..

Myanmar opposition hopes UN envoy’s visit will spur talks

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: The main Myanmar main opposition party said Sunday that it hoped a visit this week by a special envoy from the United Nations would help …

Detained Suu Kyi meets lawyer as release speculation grows

Monsters and Critics.com –

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been permitted a rare meeting with her lawyer, the second this month, giving rise to speculation …

Wife of Solo Protester Arrested in Arakan

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

The poster contained writing demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. “He wrote a sentence on the poster that read, ‘Our mother Daw Aung Suu Kyi must …

For Australia foreign aid, like charity, begins

The Age, Australia –

Since May, Australia has given more than $55 million in the aftermath of Burma’s cyclone Nargis and more than $2 million to China’s earthquake recovery. …

World focus on Burma (15 July 2008)

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Amnesty’s biggest-ever Edinburgh Festival line-up announced

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Other Amnesty highlights this year include two visual exhibitions, a play on Burma (with an exclusive Festival demonstration for human rights), …

Sudan indictment seen as ray of hope

TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

The Sudan development serves also as a warning to other goon regimes, like the one in Burma that their clock is winding down and justice, while often slow …

British MPs call on Govt. to investigation Mahn Sha’s assassination

Mizzima.com, India –

Zoya said, “Though we know that it is the work of the Burmese military junta, there has been no official announcement and we are sad about it. …

Myanmar invites UN envoy for talks on democratic reform

Monsters and Critics.com –

Having recently pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government, Myanmar’s ruling junta has promised to …

Burma’s outdoor advertising industry in doldrums after Nargis

Mizzima.com, India –

… billboards and other outdoor advertisement have slowly picked up, said Zaw Lin from Myanmar Ganad. But in military-ruled Burma, where the junta keeps a …

Police incompetence; multiple murderers still at large

Mizzima.com, India –

Lack of media freedom in Burma worsens the rising crime rate in Burma. The media in Burma could write about the aforesaid multi-murder case only several …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

Sales of arms to Burma’s military junta receded after last September’s bloody crackdown of dissidents, and China took a more prominent role in UN attempts …

Attitude on fresh election: contest or not

Mizzima.com, India –

The strongest armed force only after the Burmese Army having even anti-aircraft guns and has a reached ceasefire agreement with the junta. …

Donated fishing equipment taken back from villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The donor also said that local authorities had skimmed off some of the money given by private donors to help cyclone victims. …

Bush Vows to Push China to Honor Religious Freedom

Christian Post –

In his speech, Bush specifically mentioned religious freedom violators Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. …

Support plea for repressed kingdom in the clouds

Inverness Courier, UK –

It borders India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and China. It is split into three provinces Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang, which together with western Kham is referred to …

Journeys Within Announces Plan to Continue Myanmar Help

MarketWatch –

… planning a custom tour for January 2009, including Myanmar. Journeys Within offers customized trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. …

Thai ministers fear to sign ASEAN pacts after court defeats

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, July 15 (TNA) – After losing several rounds of court battles in recent weeks at home, Thai Cabinet ministers say they are reluctant to sign any …

June 2008 US-EU Summit Declaration

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …

Agriculture in action

Centre Daily Times, PA –

By Gail Franklin Local residents helped fill rice bowls at the dinner tables of 11 orphanages in Myanmar after deadly Cyclone Nargis hit the country May 2. …

Htein Lin: A Moving Monument

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Perhaps his message was that the “Saffron Revolution” had been as devastating to the military regime as Cyclone Nargis was to the people of lower Burma. …

A Call to Arms?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE “Nothing can defeat Burma’s military regime—at least to date.” I wrote those words in a commentary after the monk-led uprising was crushed …

Thai Embassy Raises the Bar for Burmese Seeking Visas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Nowadays very few people are applying for Thai visas—far fewer than before Nargis,” she said, referring to the devastating cyclone that hit Burma on May …

CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSERVATIONIST

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

VITAL CLEETHORPES WORK HELPS SAVE LIVES IN BURMA

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, UK –

Since a cyclone devastated Burma, Cleethorpes Rotary, along with fellow groups in District 1270 – including Louth and Mablethorpe – have raised enough for …

Gambari’s Burma Visit Postponed

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Officials said one factor was that at a time when the UN and Asean are busy coordinating humanitarian relief work in the cyclone-hit area of the Irrawaddy …

Tutu renews his appeal to Anglicans to end their factionalism

Ekklesia, UK –

He is an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights – with HIV/AIDS, global poverty and oppression in Burma, Zimbabwe and Tibet being among his …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

And various human-rights groups, not to mention the exploding international blogging community, have called for disruptions at the Games if China’s …

Lecture: Democracy, security and rule of law in Ghana

Joy Online, Ghana –

Democracy, free market, human resource development, human rights, rule of law and social justice have steadfastly remained our Party’s creed since August 4, …

Aid workers vital to rebuilding Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military junta has been trumpeting the fact that more than 1500 international aid workers have been granted visas to the country to assist in the …

Buddhist Monks and Bloggers Band Together in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors. They’ve raised money , medicine, and aid, by preaching Dhamma in public to help the …

Burmese artwork to be given to Pope

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julien Porteous said the Church shared a close bond with the people of Burma, who had suffered greatly in the wake of the cyclone …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

Right now the only country using landmines is Burma. Even countries like Israel that did not sign the landmine treaty do not use them. …

From opium to arabica

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Born to parents who had emigrated from Burma, he grew up in Doi Tung. His parents worked in reforestation, which was one of Somdej Yah’s first projects …

Lord Alton reflects on world food summit

Independent Catholic News, UK –

… disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Sichuan earthquake in China, flooding and droughts and by crop failures in countries like Ethiopia. …

Pope beams in Sydney

CathNews, Australia –

However, 33 pilgims from Burma have arrived after receiving their visas Friday. Thirty three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

By Joshua Goldberg The Baptist World Alliance announced this week that groups of its volunteers, in a special partnership with the Myanmar Baptist …

India Needs To Reconsider Foreign Policy Following Kabul Embassy …

South Asian Link, Canada –

None of the neighbors such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Burma is willing to support India against China. India should clearly understand …

Why Are Red Cross Reports Confidential?

Slate –

According to ICRC protocol (PDF), the committee can publicly denounce specific human rights breaches if four conditions are met: The violations are major …

China’s war on nature

Business Spectator, Australia –

Indeed, environmental concerns may soon replace human rights as the principal bone of contention between China and the west, now that the People’s Republic …

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom In China, Iran

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush spoke about his recent meeting in Washington with a Chinese human-rights lawyer named Li Baiguang who is a devout Protestant. …

Sf Government InAction: Is Ross Mirkarimi Captain Ahab? Is Burma a …

SF Weekly Blogs, CA –

This isn’t the belief of a Chris Daly who, for all that he is an honorable man (very rare in politics) and by all accounts a better-than-average human being …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

Remarks by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the …

MarketWatch –

So a decade ago, members of Congress — I suspect some of the members here — and religious leaders and human rights activists came together to advance …

Burmese pilgrims overjoyed to arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day …

Catholic News Agency, CO –

Dominic Ych Thiha Saw, one of the Burmese pilgrims carried a box marked with the name “Pope Benedict XVI” containing a painting of a famous lake in Myanmar, …

Family feels persecuted by vandalism attacks

The Dominion Post, New Zealand –

Swastikas and obscenities greeted a Myanmar (formerly Burma) family last Wednesday when they went out to use their car. The Cenhrang family found their car …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

… Myanmar Baptist Convention, were steadily making headway in combating the “huge unmet basic needs for the victims of the disaster†in Burma. “The …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

World’s Former Only Hindu Country Opens to Christianity

Christian Post –

Missionaries from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Sri Lanka, India, and the United States also spoke. The Myanmar missionary shared about how locals saw the …

World Focus on Burma (18 Jan 08)

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  1. Security Council laments lack of progress on Myanmar reforms
    | Myanmar nationals stage a rally with a photo of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, January 17, in support of democracy and human rights in Myanmar. The Security Counc..
  2. Security Council Shows Regret at Myanmar
    | EDITH M. LEDERER | The Associated Press | UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council expressed concern Thursday at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early re…
  3. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    | UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council expressed regret at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early return of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to help promote nation…
  4. India, China Urged to Pressure Burma to Release Lawmakers
    Voice of America –
    … against the ruling junta in Myanmar unless they go back to the roadmap of democracy that should include all the key players for democratization in Burma …
  5. India and China urged to pressure Myanmar on detainees
    AFP –

    Myanmar, formerly named Burma, won independence from former colonial power Britain on January 4, 1948. The IPU is a Geneva-based forum that groups leading …

  6. UN council raps Burma for lack of reform
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … the situation in Burma. Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar …(If the URL is not working, click here to read the full story.)
  7. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  8. Security Council press statement on Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Council members discussed the situation in Myanmar on 17 January with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari. They reiterated their full …
  9. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  10. Security Council meets to discuss lack of progress in Myanmar
    Turkish Press, MI –

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    A picture provided by Myanmar News Agency shows Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Ky during a meeting in Yangon, in 2007. The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari.
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    The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN …

  11. Security Council calls for early return to Myanmar by UN envoy
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council called on Thursday for an early visit to Myanmar by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari. …
  12. UN council upbraids Myanmar for slow reforms
    Reuters –
    By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The UN Security Council upbraided Myanmar on Thursday for slow progress on democratic reforms as the …
  13. UN Security Council Says Progress Too Slow in Burma
    Voice of America –
    The UN envoy visited Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, twice last year following the violent crackdown. The Council said Thursday that another visit …
  14. UN condemns slow reform in Burma
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    The UN Security Council has deplored the slow progress of reform in Burma and has pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator, Ibrahim Gambari. …
  15. Asian Studies Program
    The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
    The program will also include Asian cuisine demonstration of Indonesian, Japanese and Thai and a round table discussion on the Crisis in Burma (Myanmar). …
  16. British PM in China for environment, trade, investment boost
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “Obviously, we don’t always agree with China and India on issues like Darfur and Burma but we can’t make progress without them,” he added. …
  17. Democratization takes a beating in 2007 – Report
    Spero News –
    UN and EU envoys to Myanmar (Burma) have become the butt of jokes as being ineffective. Suspicion falls on the ruling Burmese military junta for setting …
  18. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    Times of India, India –
    “The government in Burma needs to respond to the concerns of the international community as set out” in the Oct. 11 statement, he said. Myanmar is also …
  19. UN against Myanmar: progress too “slow”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The regime in former Burma was heavily criticised last year for its violent repression of anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks in late September. …
  20. UNSC urges early return of Gambari to Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr. Gambari could help facilitate this.” Gambari, who visited Burma twice after the ruling junta brutally …
  21. Security Council urges more progress in Burma
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    … to Myanmar,” he said. Gambari called for all countries that had expressed support for his mission in Burma to back up their words with concrete actions. …
  22. Healing languages comfort clinic’s patients
    Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
    Spanish is just one of many languages and dialects that medical staff have encountered as they see patients from places such as Myanmar (formerly Burma), …
  23. Brown to raise Myanmar issue with PM
    Hindustan Times, India –
    … the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously.” Acknowledging the “difference of views” with India on the methodology to ensure democracy in Myanmar, …
  24. Brown to convey British concerns on Myanmar to India
    Indian Muslims, CA –
    The British high commissioner to India underscored “the greater need for international pressure to move the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously. …
  25. Snap ties with Myanmar, India urged
    Hindu, India –
    … amicable solution to the Myanmar imbroglio,” said the resolution passed at the meeting organized jointly by Mizoram Committee for Democracy in Burma and …
  26. Defense Focus: India’s T-90 deal — Part 4
    United Press International –
    Myanmar, formerly Burma, has long been unfriendly and is run by a ruthless authoritarian dictatorship backed by China to India’s east, and while relations …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm

UN council raps Burma for lack of reform

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Bangkok Post (17 Jan 2008)

New York (dpa) – The UN Security Council on Thursday decried Burma’s “slow rate” of progress to bring democratic reform to the country and called on the military government to hold new talks with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

Gambari is set to visit China and India later this month – and also Burma, but only if its military leaders agree to receive him.

It will be Gambari’s fourth visit to Asia since last year to discuss the situation in Burma.

Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar crushed pro-democracy demonstrations in August. China had helped Gambari twice obtain visas to Burma.

The council said it “regretted the slow rate of progress so far towards meeting the objectives,” which were set out after an earlier meeting in October. The council then called for democratic reform, national reconciliation and release of political prisoners, including the head of the opposition National League of Democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Council members underscored the importance of making further progress, noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr Gambari could help facilitate this,” the statement after Thursday’s meeting said. The UN uses the military regime’s name for Burma.

Gambari told reporters his diplomatic troubleshooting was aimed at working out a comprehensive solution to the crisis, which in addition to democratic reform, includes combatting drug trafficking, child soldiers and ethnic minorities. He said the diplomatic efforts demanded patience and perseverance.

Gambari urged council members to unite in supporting UN efforts to bring democracy to Burma, one of the world’s poorest nations. He suggested that some members showed “nuance” in their support of those efforts.

US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said following the closed-door discussion by the council that Gambari needs “help” in his efforts in order to achieve progress.

He called on governments to increase pressure on Burma, without specifying measures, while Gambari is holding talks to improve the situation in the country.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=125233

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm